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Doctor insights on: Occipital Nerve Stimulation For Headache

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Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Does transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for mummular headache or other head pain work?

Temporarily: Tens or transcuteous nerve stimulation is a usefull modality for temporary relaxation of certain muscles associated with headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Trigeminal neuralgia lasted only 1 day. can MS or brain tumor cause trigeminal neuralgia to last for 1 day?

Trigeminal neuralgia lasted only 1 day. can MS or brain tumor cause trigeminal neuralgia to last for 1 day?

Comments: You do NOT have trigeminal neuralgia, unless it recurs, as unfortunately, once it starts, it can be unbearably frequent. Do not think you have MS or a brain tumor if you had just one day of facial pain. But might see a dentist, and check for jaw or tooth issues. ...Read more

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Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate for postherpetic neuralgia along the trigeminal nerve.

Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate for  postherpetic neuralgia along the trigeminal nerve.

Yes indicated: Herpes zoster ' shingles' after blisters healed in some will have severe disabling pains will lost for months and months which most likely you have involving one of the trigeminal nerve branch, the virus stays in nerve root for ever. Image guided cervicothoracic sym. Ganglion block along with t.N block most likely will help your pain , is relatively low risk procedure in trained hands. ...Read more

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Can the trigeminial nerve cause cluster headaches.?

Can the trigeminial nerve cause cluster headaches.?

Cluster-Tic Syndrome: This term is used to describe patients with cluster headache and trigeminal neuralgia. In this syndrome, the characteristic paroxysmal pains of trigeminal neuralgia are superimposed over a cluster headache. In some cases, the two conditions occur independently for years and then meld together into a common syndrome. Cluster is part of trigeminal autonomic cephalgias. ...Read more

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Trigeminal neuralgia lasted only 1 day. Can MS or brain tumor cause trigeminal neuralgia to last only 1 day?

Trigeminal neuralgia lasted only 1 day. Can MS or brain tumor cause trigeminal neuralgia to last only 1 day?

Last one day ?: Could you describe what exact was the symptom? Did you experience it continuously for one day ? MS can be cause of trigeminal neuralgia many in young patients... Brain tumor can cause pain the face, but it is usually accompanied by some findings in the neuro exam ...Read more

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Is nerve stimulation for pain like ect?

Is nerve stimulation for pain like ect?

ECT: Ect is a controlled 30 to 40 sec seizure to "reboot" the brain chemicals, nerve stimulation is specific to a nerve causing pain. ...Read more

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Can the trigeminial nerve cause a pressure headache?

Possible: But other causes including local causes, migraine and problem inside the head may need to be ruled out Please see a physician ...Read more

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Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate treatment for post herpetic neuralgia, along the trigeminal nerve. ?

Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate treatment for post herpetic neuralgia, along the trigeminal nerve.  ?

Possibly: Stellate nerve blocks are often used to treat peripherial nerve problems caused by injuries or trauma. They are designed to block sympathetic nerves. The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve, that does not go through the spine or neck, so i don't know if the stellate block would help. The sympathetic nerves do contribute to eyelid motion and facial flushing, so it may be worth a try. ...Read more

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What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

Prevent seizures: Vagus nerve stimulation (vns) is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker. http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/vns. ...Read more

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Enlarged perivascular space in basal ganglia. Is by any cranial nerves? Double vision, enlarged pupils, trigeminal neuralgia, pulsating tinnitus

Enlarged perivascular space in basal ganglia. Is by any cranial nerves? Double vision, enlarged pupils, trigeminal neuralgia, pulsating tinnitus

Neurologic issues: None of what you describe is normal. I would suggest that you seek the opinion of both the Neurologist and the Neurosurgeon and possibly the Interventional Neuroradiologist. ...Read more

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What about vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic depression?

What about vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic depression?

Lukewarm option: Vagal nerve stimulation (vns) for treatment resistant depression is fda approved (2005). However, subsequent studies have not been too supportive of its use. There are many medication options and combinations these days as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (less invasive) and electroconvulsive therapy (still an effective treatment). ...Read more

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How well do occipital nerve blocks work for migraines?

How well do occipital nerve blocks work for migraines?

Nerve blocks: In a study by afridi, et al., it was shown that greater occipital nerve blocks provided a partial response in 17 of 54 patients with migraine and a complete resonse in 9 of 54 patients studied. Their study showed a mean duration of complete response for a period of 20 days and a partial reponse for a period of 45 days. This is a procedure I use frequently in our practice. ...Read more

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Is bone pain around the eye that triggers headaches and/or migraine considered a cluster headache?

Is bone pain around the eye that triggers headaches and/or migraine considered a cluster headache?

Not that simple: Pain around the eye could be a symptom of either type of headache. However, having that symptom alone is not diagnostic. A medical assessment should help to clarify diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will nerve stimulators help headaches?

Will nerve stimulators help headaches?

Headaches: In brief yes. Pns has been used in very select cases for headaches. They are very successful in those instances. See a pain doctor to discuss further. ...Read more

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Can the trigeminial nerve cause pressure headaches?

Trigeminal neuralgia: Trigeminal nerve pain can definitely cause pain and or headaches. Whether or not is is a pressure headache is difficult to say. No doubt it causes pain. Pressure headaches could be from other cause such as sinuses or tension. ...Read more

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Post nerve decompression surg for occipital neuralgia & migraine-now spasms that are electrical, tazer like - very painful-need advice on what to do.

See surgeon: I would recommend that you go back and see your surgeon. If they can't help you then i would recommend that you see an interventional pain management physician. ...Read more

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Can posture improve occipital neuralgia from smartphone use?

Can posture improve occipital neuralgia from smartphone use?

Possibly. Try to: talk in a comfortable position with your neck not bent at an angle,and see if this helps. ...Read more

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Acephalgic migraine or occipital seizure lastnight. No headache. Recent fatigue, Irritability and muscle pain/cramping. Reason for concern or no?

Acephalgic migraine or occipital seizure lastnight. No headache. Recent fatigue, Irritability and muscle pain/cramping. Reason for concern or no?

Very common: It is actually very common to have a visual migraine, irritability and muscle pain/cramping without any headache. The acephalgic migraine are identical to the episodes that accompany a classic migraine aura. ...Read more

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Would oxycodone relieve nerve pain? Particularly pudendal neuralgia?

Would oxycodone relieve nerve pain? Particularly pudendal neuralgia?

Yes and No: Short answer is that any opiate or narcotic, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine etc, will help just about any pain. But one develops rapid tolerance to such drugs and in time they become less effective. Most all neuralgias are much more effectively treated with more "nerve specific" meds like Gabapentin and carbamazepine. ...Read more

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What's the benefit of spinal cord stimulation for pain management?

What's the benefit of spinal cord stimulation for pain management?

Helps with: Chronic pain due to neuropathic pain whether due to radiculopathy due to post spine surgery or postlaminectomy syndrome, diabetic or other neuropathies, chronic regional pain syndrome are a few reasons. Newer diagnoses its being shown to help with are peripheral vascular disease, heart/cardiac abnormalities like angina. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more